Posted by: christinelaennec | November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Bon Accord Terrace Gardens, Aberdeen, November 2010 (but looking much the same now).

Although I haven’t experienced an American Thanksgiving for nearly 20 years, the day still means a lot to me.  I remember Granny and Grampa coming up from California to be with us, the sense of time suspended, the bounteous table, and going for a walk in a peaceful neighbourhood afterwards.  I can still hear my grandparents saying grace.  Granny’s grace was always recited perfectly, but Grampa’s grace contained personalised variations:  “And Lord, thank you for allowing us to be here in Portland, sharing this Thanksgiving dinner with Ruthanne and her family…”

Today isn’t a holiday in Aberdeen, but on Saturday we are hoping our son and his godfather will join us for Thanksgiving dinner.  I will be making the pumpkin pie today, because it always tastes better after a day or two.  And I don’t need to wait until Saturday to give thanks.  Here are some of the things I am thankful for this year:

* so many people sending us good wishes and kind thoughts (not to mention books and book tokens) during the Dafter’s illness.  She seems to be making progress, if slowly;

* the Dafter’s school working hard with us to find a way forward;

* all the love and laughter in our family, even when we are hard stretched;

* church, which has been such a help to me;

* knitting!  Thank goodness for yarn and colour and making things;

* the fact that I’ve been able to keep my job over the past few months, and my colleagues’ understanding and help.

* music, from Dolly Parton to Bach to hymns;

* being able to live in beautiful Scotland;

* gardening:  knowing that the first stirrings of spring are already in preparation deep in the earth;

* blogland!  So many creative souls out there, and so many beautiful stories, photographs and creations to lose myself in;

* beautiful sunsets and skies, and winter stars to make a wish on;

* Christmas on the horizon:  a time of deepest quiet and rest, and joyful celebration;

* the love of friends near and far.  At the end of the day, it’s love that matters more than anything else.

I wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving Day.

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Responses

  1. Happy thanksgiving to you and your family from your ‘blog & Knitsister’ here in North Wales. Have a joyful weekend with all your loved ones, thinking of you xx

  2. Happy thanksgiving!

  3. And a happy thanksgiving to you and yours, Christine.

  4. Thank you for your blog.

  5. And thank you for everything too. Happy Thanksgiving!

  6. The meal has been eaten.
    The kitchen is clean.
    The leftovers are stashed.
    The walk has been taken.
    Everyone is happy and fed and blessed.
    Now I have the time to stop by.
    On this Thanksgiving Day, I wanted to tell you that I am thankful for you; for this blog; for our friendship. Sending you much love, Relyn

  7. what a lovely post, Christine. Thanksgiving is a good reminder to stop and be thankful for all we have. your list is warm and heartfelt. thank you for sharing it with us. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours and I hope you have a wonderful Saturday. 🙂

  8. Happy Thanksgiving, Christine, to you and your family. Such wonderful reasons to feel Thankful. You are an inspiration and a kind and loving soul and thank you for sharing your world with us. xx

  9. Happy thanksgiving to you Christine, My view is appreciate what you have while you have it you never know the alternative (which may appear good) could be worse, and the grass is not always greener on the other side!

    Take care and take a little ‘yarn therepy’

    susan

  10. Dear everyone,

    Once again thank you for your loving wishes – and in some cases, flattery! I will try to keep my ego trimmed to size. We have had one of the best Thanksgivings ever, this year. A beautiful meal (thank you Michael), our son up to visit, a fire, friendship and lots of laughs and happy times.

    Susan, I will keep your wise words in mind!

    Thanks again, everyone.


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